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The Gambler

The Gambler

By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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A compulsive gambler himself at a certain period of his life, Dostoyevsky wrote this novel with real authority. Set in the appropriately named Roulettenburg, a German spa with a casino and an international clientele, it concerns the gambling episodes, tangled love affairs, and complicated lives of Alexey Ivanovitch, a young gambler; Polina Alexandrovna, the woman he loves; a pair of French adventurers, and other characters.
Although not as dark as some of Dostoyevsky's other works, The Gambler nevertheless offers a grim and psychologically probing picture of the fatal attractions of gambling. Among its strengths are its well-drawn characters — Aunt Antonida, although lightly sketched in, is especially delightful — and its faithful depiction of life among the gambling set in fashionable German watering holes. This edition reprints Constance Garnett's authoritative translation.

Reprinted from The Gambler and Other Stories, The Macmillan Company, New York, 1917.
AvailabilityUsually ships in 24 to 48 hours
ISBN 100486290816
ISBN 139780486290812
Author/EditorFyodor Dostoyevsky
FormatBook
Grade level9 and Up (ages 14 and up)
Page Count128
Dimensions5 x 8

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